High stools not hot chairs at new coffee bar in Tipperary

Alan Andrews and his team at the new "adults only" coffee bar in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary
Alan Andrews and his team at the new "adults only" coffee bar in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary

The Old Barracks Coffee Roastery and Coffeebar opened its doors in July, strictly for adults only. Entrepreneur Alan Andrews is filtering out the noise of children in his coffeebar in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary.



10 September 2018 | 0

A new coffee bar in Co. Tipperary is setting itself apart from the crowd as an “adults only” premises, with no children allowed.

Since opening in July, the team at ‘The Old Barracks’ in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary say they have received positive feedback from visitors, with compliments on the relaxed atmosphere, quirky interiors, live coffee roasting and the engagement from the baristas on all things coffee.

“People are just enjoying the space and enjoying their coffee in peace, without distraction from their kids – or other people’s kids. We’re really happy with the response,” said owner Alan Andrews.

It hasn’t all been positive feedback however, with some visitors taking to Tripadvisor and Facebook to give their opinion on what they say is a “pretentious” and “overpriced” experience.

While it may be viewed as a controversial concept in some quarters, recent research conducted by TheJounal.ie shows there is demand for such a proposition. In a survey of more than 11,000 people, 74% said they would make use of an adults only café.

As one visitor to the coffee bar put it on Trip Advisor: “Sometimes you just need somewhere quiet, where you can take 10 minutes without the kids. It’s definitely a niche, but I’d recommend it.”

The Old Barracks is also making the brand heard online with an engaging Instagram account @oldbarrackscoffeeroasters.

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